Go Back Report # 706


UFO Sightings: Indonesia

Sightings to date: 1   

Submitted by: Dahono F. - Semarang, Central Java Indonesia - Date: 2/5/2000- Time: 5:22 AM EST Subject: Unexplained Event, UFO Sightings - Location: Sea of Banda & it's vicinity - Date: 01/15/2000 - Time: 04:00 AM Country: Indonesia- Seas around the islands of Moluccas and Irian/Papu- Number of witnesses: 4 maybe 6

Objects Shape: Light - Number of objects: 20 to30 - Object had lights - Object emitted beams of light

Event Description: 3/04/00- Indonesia Update

Actually, it was my cousin's experience. I told him to tell other people to look for an explanation of this event but he doesn't want to and he doesn't dare. So I finally write to this website to look for answers.        

He was on a cargo-ship crew that serves the sea lines between Surabaya, UjungPandang (Makassar) and the cities in Iran Java (Sorong, Manokwari, Nabire). During the predawn morning on January 15, at about 04:00 A.M. he told me that he and his fellow crewmen saw strange shapes of lights from under the sea. At first there's only two of them right in front of the ship. Then suddenly these two lights moving fast toward the ship and stop right beside the ship. One on each side of the ship. As soon as they stop, suddenly many more of these things lights-up, just as somebody has turned on the lamps from the bottom of the sea. They were shapeless, just like figures of islands on the maps. These shape of lights were scattered on the area 1.8 km in diameter. The outside boundary of the area they occupied formed an oval shape. No sounds were heard. And they just stand there and do absolutely nothing until the ship passing them by. The lights was white just like a TL lamp, neon lamps. 

My cousin told me that he never saw anything like it. But his friend did see this things just one month earlier. The location is nearby, eastward from the first location. His friend was during the trip toward city of Manokwari. He saw the same lights under the sea but in different formation. These ones form a long line formation just ahead the boat. When the boat he was in trying to turn back to avoid crash with these things, suddenly the same lights formed the same formation just behind the boat. The boat was lifted up a bit when hit these lights. Next thing the boat turn right and escape from both the lights formations.        

The last sighting was when the KM Lintas Samudera (a passenger ship) was having an accident in the Sea of Banda on the Moluccas. Some people were killed during the accident (I don't recall the number of casualties but you can check it out on the local and national newspaper on 22-30 January 2000. one of them that I read was Jateng Pos dating Friday, 28/01/00). Some survivors told that before the ship was sunk, there was two shape of lights from under the water moving fast toward the ship and crash the ship. The ship was later found in the beach of nearby island. 

I'm very eager to look for an explanations of this phenomena. My cousin and I have some thoughts that maybe the lights was generated by some underwater creatures as fishes, sea-eels, or maybe giant octopuses. But if they were so, why didn't they make a movement (On my cousin's sighting). And how did they turn-on and off the lights they generated? As far as I know, some undersea creatures can generate electricity and lights, but if they do, won't they always have lights? and unable to turn it off?.           

Second thought was that it was a gigantic nuclear-submarine. Well, who knows that the riots happens in the Moluccas Island was related to these submarines that was on a such stealthy mission to drop weapons on the islands?(well, maybe it's too delusional and paranoid)

But the lights generated by the nuclear reactor on the subs. by processes called Cerenkov radiation could form that lights, isn't it? But if they were a submarine, what kind of submarine has a diameter 1.8 km? And how it could change shapes?    

Please, I'm looking forward for explanations. 

My cousin is the 3rd engineer on the ship of KM Sidu Arsi, a cargo ship belongs to PT. Pelni (Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia) that serve the route Surabaya-Makassar-Irian. You can check it out. 3/04/00 - Indonesia Update                                                                                            

"This Sighting was originally published on www.mysticaluniverse.com and permission has been granted to reproduce the information here onsite." Nancy, Director of Operations, Editor

            Secondary reference: Jawa Post, newspaper article dated January 26, 2000. NOTE: This article deals mainly with the sinking of the ship and rescue attempts, and states only that “besides the big waves, the ship sank because it collided with some kind of strange creature”.

With Thanks to Chris Aubeck for bringing it to my attention.

NOTE: In requesting permission to post this article to this website, I also asked what the original reference was. I received the following gracious reply to that question:

            The original Submission and UPDATE, were provided by the Cousin directly to me. I remember him being extremely kind and generous by allowing us to post the Sighting and then taking the time to translate for the UPDATE.

I know he was very eager to learn any other details, but unfortunately no other details were forthcoming.

UFOCAT PRN – NONE           


Sea of Banda               Latitude 5-00 S, Longitude 128-00 E (D-M)

Islands of Moluccas      Latitude 2-00 S, Longitude 128-00 E

Islands of Irian/Papu   Latitude 5-00 S, Longitude 138-00 E

Surabaya                     Latitude 7-15 S, Longitude 112-45 E

UjungPandang             Latitude 5-07 S, Longitude 119-24 E

Makassar                     Latitude 2-00 S, Longitude 117-30 E [Strait]

Iran Java                      Latitude 5-00 S, Longitude 138-00 E

Sorong                         Latitude 0-53 S, Longitude 131-15 E

Manokwari                   Latitude 2-30 S, Longitude 134-36 E

Nabire                          Latitude 2-56 S, Longitude 134-14 E [Nabi]

Reference: Indonesia gazetteer, Vol. 1&2, published by the Defense Mapping Agency, Washington, D.C., September 1982   


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